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What really enables curriculum change?: People, processes, technology: what really enables curriculum change? -- 57 -- Workshop

12:00 - 13:00 on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 in 3.204

In a period of radical reform and a climate of constant change, many universities and colleges are undertaking large-scale initiatives to develop more adaptive and agile curricula. Creating flexible and efficient systems and processes which underpin teaching excellence and a high quality experience for learners are vital to enabling greater responsiveness to increased sector demands. However, the adage that “change is one thing, progress is another” (Russell 1950, p.18) is particularly relevant at a time when driving forward sustainable curriculum change is a perennial challenge. How can it be done effectively? What are the real barriers and enablers and what role do people, processes and technology play?

The aim of the workshop is to explore these questions in more detail as three universities involved in a four-year JISC-funded programme focused on institutional approaches to curriculum change will share their experiences and strategies, tools and approaches. This will be of particular interest to participants who are involved in institutional change initiatives which involve curriculum innovation and development.

The workshop will start with a short introduction outlining the context for the session (5 minutes).

Participants will then break into three facilitated groups each focusing on either ‘People’, ‘Processes’ or ‘Technology’ as a theme and will identity some barriers to and enablers of curriculum change within that theme using participatory techniques (20 minutes).

Participants will then reconvene to share the outcomes of the group activity by highlighting one key barrier and one key enabler from each group (5 minutes).

This will be followed by a discussion led by a panel of participants from the three universities (Greenwich, City and Manchester Metropolitan) who will respond to the outcomes from the group activity by outlining their experiences of curriculum change, share different approaches and strategies that have been successful and highlight useful tools and resources to support sustainable change (15 minutes).

Participants will then be invited to identify which strategies and approaches have the potential to be most effective in their organisations to enable curriculum change (15 minutes).

Delegates will gain:

  • An indication of the barriers and enablers to sustainable curriculum change
  • Knowledge of the interplay between people, processes and technology in driving institutional change
  • Insight into the types of strategies and approaches to enable curriculum change which are transferable to different contexts
  • An opportunity to review and discuss some practical resources for managing successful change projects within their institutions


Hi all,

I am Sarah-Jane, your workshop session chair. I look forward to catching up with you all early in the conference. Do you have any thoughts as to how you would prefer this session to be run?

Tuesday, 4 September 2012, 12:33

Hi Sarah-Jane, looking forward to meeting you. We want to keep the session as interactive as possible with a hands-on activity and discussion. I'll introduce the session and my co-presenters will facilitate the activity and lead discussion.

Friday, 7 September 2012, 11:42

Hi to everyone interested in attending this session on curriculum change. Here's a link to the slides as a taster Looking forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Friday, 7 September 2012, 11:49

hummmm . . looks interesting, there is probably no real answer to these issues, but i find it helpful to share war stories.

Friday, 7 September 2012, 13:49

A problem shared is a problem halved as they say!

Friday, 7 September 2012, 15:55